February Newsletter

Volume 2.6
February 4, 2020


February is an official time for remembrance. 

On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, we take a special moment to remember those whom we love and appreciate.  The list can be varied and long–family, friends, mentors, neighbors, those whom we admire from afar, those who bring us a smile through their acts of kindness, small and not so small.  Valentine’s Day reminds us to notice all who share our world and to open our hearts–with gratitude.     

February is also Black History Month.  Annually, we take the time to acknowledge the African Diaspora generally, but we direct particular attention to the rich history, the abundant cultural legacies, as well as the ongoing achievements and contributions of peoples of African descent in the United States to their communities, the nation, and the world.  We thank African American historian Carter G. Woodson for his vision, insights, and tenacity in launching this celebration in February 1926. 

A special note in 2020 regarding Black history is that this year marks the beginning of the fifth century of Africans in America.  It has been a long, hard, and winding road, but there are indeed remarkable stories to be told; many lessons to be recognized; many people, famous and not, to be honored; and much inspiration to be gained as we venture ahead in a world that remains filled, not only with complex challenges, but also with critical opportunities for ongoing positive and sustainable change. 
These annual moments of remembrance–to love and honor those who are significant to us, and to acknowledge the remarkable legacies of a people–are to be treasured.  They help us to look back, to look around, to look forward, and to be re-energized for the work ahead.  

Ever onward,

Jackie Royster
CEO, Communities Who Know, Inc. ™
Upcoming Events
RecruitMilitary is hosting a Job Fair for Veterans at Mercedes Benz Stadium. There are over 60 Registered Exhibitors so far, including: AECOM, Allstate, the Georgia Aquarium, Grady Health Systems, and Southeast Connections LLC, just to name a few. Visit the event page for information about how to prepare for meeting recruiters, and other resources.
Thursday, February 6, 2020   

10:00am – 11:00am
Special Seminar – Ready, Aim, Hired
How to make sure your civilian job search hits the target.
Click here to register for the seminar
11:00am – 3:00pm
The Atlanta Veterans Job Fair will take place
on the 200 Level (2nd floor) Sky Bridge.


@ Mercedez-Benz Stadium
1414 Andrew Young International Blvd SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

Please enter through the main entrance of the stadium marked by the giant Falcon statue.  Click here for detailed event info and registration.

African American women in Georgia have a nigher chance of dying during childbirth or right after than any of the other 49 states. Georgia black women have a 300% higher chance of dying during childbirth than the rest of the population in Georgia. Georgia District 56 Representative, “Able Mable” Thomas has teamed up with other representatives to fund programs that would help to reverse this trend. Come find out more information about programs that could help diminish this rate, and how you can support efforts to raise awareness and fund critical programs.
Join Rep Thomas for a forum and panel discussion
on African American female mortality rates during or after childbirth:

Thursday, February 6, 2020   
5:30pm – 8:30pm
@ Center for Civic Innovation
115 M.L.K. Drive SW, #304
Atlanta, GA 30303
The Herndon Section 3 plan provides job training, employment, and contracting opportunities for: former Herndon Homes residents; other Atlanta Housing-assisted residents; and other income-eligible community residents. Please attend one of these INFORMATION SESSIONS to learn more about employment and contracting opportunities available on the Herndon Square project:
Session 1: February 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 
Session 2: February 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am   

Promise Youth & Community Center
In the Community Room
740 Cameron Alexander Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30318

Please click here to RSVP; or contact Rholanda Stanberry at: 404-817-7326.
The Georgia Archive’s February Lunch and Learn will be about the use of the Bible in arguments for and against slavery in Colonial Georgia by Dr. Richard “Bo” Manly Adams, Jr. Dr. Adams is the Director of Pitts Theology Library at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, and Margaret A. Pitts Assistant Professor in the Practice of Theological Bibliography. 
Friday, February 14, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
@  5800 Jonesboro Road
Morrow, GA 30260

In addition to the Lunch and Learn presentation, we will celebrate Georgia Day, the commemoration of the founding of Georgia. On February 12, 1733, James Oglethorpe landed the first settlers from the ship Ann at what was to become Georgia’s first city and later the first state capital, Savannah. The official American copy of Georgia’s Royal Charter (June 9, 1732) and Georgia’s recorded copy of the Declaration of Independence (March 2, 1777) will be on display in the lobby.

The Georgia Archives Lunch and Learn Programs are
free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Door prizes are drawn at each Lunch and Learn program.

For more information, please contact
Penny Cliff: Penelope.Cliff@usg.edu
Come to the West End Performing Arts Center for an Evening of Jazz & A Whole Lotta Soul featuring vocalist Betty “BB” Barnes, instrumentalist, Dr. Tamika Howard and The Edwin Williams Experience. Parking is available in the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
4:00pm – 6:00pm
@ West End Performing Arts Center
945 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd
Atlanta, GA 30310

Admission is only $15. 
Click here to purchase tickets!

For more information, call:


Truly Living Well Center for Natural and Urban Agriculture is hosting an Intensive Urban Grower Boot Camp during the weekend of February 28th. The traditional urban grower boot camp is four weekends long; this is one intensive weekend that starts with a session on Friday, 2/28 from 6pm-9pm, and meets from 8am-2pm on Saturday, 2/29 and Sunday, 3/1. More information about the course, and the link to register is on their website.
Friday, February 28th – Sunday, March 1st
Truly Living Well Collegetown Farm and Education Center
@ 324 Lawton Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30310
For questions regarding the boot camps or other TLW programs, you an email: urbangrower@trulylivingwell.com.
Be A Census Taker
Generate extra income, work flexible hours, get paid weekly, and even the training is paid! For more information, or for help applying, please call 1-855-562-2020. The U.S. Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Click here to apply online: 2020census.gov/jobs.

GHRAC Nominations are open!

Do you know someone who has done outstanding work using, preserving, or making historical records more accessible? The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) wants to encourage and reward their exceptional efforts! GHRAC has twelve different award categories for individuals and organizations. (You may nominate your own organization.)  All of the following are eligible for an award:

  • local governments, courts, school systems, state agencies, and institutions
  • historical records repositories, historical societies, libraries, and museums
  • educators, students, and researchers
  • legislators and government officials
  • individuals and organizations who support archives and records management
  • specialized subject societies in related fields such as oral history, genealogy, folklore, archaeology, business history, etc.

Nominations may be submitted: February 1, 2020 through June 1, 2020.
Please click here to download a nomination form and get more information about he GHRAC awards programs.
Upcoming Meetings

The English Avenue Neighborhood Association (EANA) will be holding their General Body Meeting:
Saturday, February 8, 2020
@ 10:00am – 12:00pm
Integrity CDC
692 Lindsay Street
Atlanta, GA 30318

Come join us and learn about happenings in your neighborhood!

The Just Us Neighbors Association invites all neighbors and residents to its monthly meeting on the second Thursday of the month:

Thursday, February 13th
@ 7:00pm
Washington Park Tennis Center
1125 Lena Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
The Northwest Business Association invites all neighbors, residents, businesses, churches, key NW stakeholders, and committed individuals, groups and organizations to its Monthly Meeting, to stay informed — and to share important news on the ground. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month:
Tuesday, February 11th @ 11:30am
@ Fire Station #28
1925 Hollywood Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

For more information, please call
Ms. Gail Mapp: 404-625-6922
Atlanta NPU Meetings this month

2nd Tuesday (Feb 11th) at 7:00pm
@ Integrity Transformations CDC
692 Lindsay Street NW 
Atlanta, GA 30318

2nd Wednesday (Feb 12th) at 7:00pm
@ Lee and White Street
Community Room
1000 White Street SW (behind Boxcar)
Atlanta, GA  30310

3rd Tuesday (Feb 18th) at 6:30pm
@ C. A. Scott Recreation Center 
1565 M. L. King, Jr. Dr. 
Atlanta, GA 30314

Visit the City of Atlanta’s site for more information:
Atlanta NPU Meeting Schedule
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